We are saddened and horrified at the shooting last night at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC. This heinous crime  targeted victims because of their race and was perpetrated against those who came together in a house of worship. No one should be afraid to go to church or to gather in their communities.
Easy access to firearms empowers those who are driven by hate and fear. We work together every day to keep our communities safer and to empower those who are motivated by hope, love and dreams of peace. We stand with our brothers and sisters in Charleston, and pledge to honor the victims and survivors by continuing the fight to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.
We know many of you will want to join others tonight who are standing in solidarity with and praying for Charleston. Here are two vigils we’ll be joining tonight, and as more communities plan services and vigils, we’ll let you know what’s happening.
Philadelphia — Mother Bethel AME will host an interfaith prayer vigil at the church tonight at 7pm. Mother Bethel is located on the corner of South 6th and Lombard Streets in Philadelphia.

Pittsburgh — St. James AME Church will host a memorial vigil tonight at 7:00 p.m. tonight.  St James AME Church is located at 444 Lincoln Ave in Pittsburgh

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